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Thread #147123 Message #3408832
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Sep-12 - 06:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Goodbye, Goodyear Blimp-Hello, Zeppelin
Subject: RE: BS: Goodbye, Goodyear Blimp-Hello, Zeppelin
Since I worked in Los Angeles in the 1970s, I have wondered about a huge hangar I'd see in Southgate, an industrial area south of downtown L.A. There was no Internet to explain such things back then. This page says it was a blimp hangar owned by Goodyear, but I never saw the blimp on the ground except at Carson, on the San Diego Freeway. That was the mooring spot for the blimp when I lived in L.A. in 1974, and the blimp still moors at the same spot.
That's only a small part of the aviation history of Los Angeles. I worked at the futuristic Federal Office Building on Aviation Boulevard, Western Region headquarters of the Federal Aviation Administration. Across the street was TRW Systems Group, which built satellites for the CIA. Various Hughes companies had plants all over the area.
Aviation Boulevard was once lined with aircraft factories, and the street is so wide because it once served as a taxiway for new aircraft to get to LAX for takeoff. You could spend weeks learning the stories of the aviation buildings around LAX.